29. American Beauty (A-)
With that I've got an unbroken line of Best Picture winners running back more than twenty years, and I've seen close to 75% of the total. I was a little skeptical going into this, because the whole "deconstruction of the surburban family" has become so tired these days (though I'm also planning to finally see Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road
soon, which carries the extra cliche bonus of being set in the 1950s) - it's almost revolutionary in literary circles to suggest that maybe the average family is not, on the whole, deeply dysfunctional. But the movie won me over, between the strong performances, quotable lines, and, in the end, an outlook that's more than just misanthropic.
Home Video: 18 (+8)